Number 13 is unlucky for some, in the case of our video feature it was unlucky for a certain Mr O’Leary. As Doncaster prepares itself for a rare FA Cup 4th round sojourn I had effectively had two options with this video piece. Had Rovers been set to play anyone else on Saturday then you’d be about to view archive footage of our last fourth round adventure, Goodison Park, circa 1985. Instead, with Rovers having been drawn against Aston Villa there could only be one choice.
Doncastrian school children have been taught since that fateful night three years ago; Remember, remember, 29th November, McIndoe, Thornton and Heffs. The beauty of this video of that glorious League Cup night is its lack of commentary and so instead its only soundtrack is the Belle Vue crowd in all its glory; genuine reactions, not so eloquent signing and the distinct high pitch tones of Dave Penney drifting across the cool night-time breaze.
A lot has changed since this match of course. Rovers have a new stadium and a new manager in a new divison. Similarly under new management Aston Villa have had a new lease of life and are refreshingly upsetting the top division’s top four. On the pitch only five faces are likely to feature in this Saturday’s match as they did then, and the current Villa at the Keepmoat is a much more daunting task than the Villa of old at Belle Vue. However, it is of course the visitors who have to prove their worth. So Aston Villa… remember us?